November 17, 1998
Livingston Succeeds Gingrich As Speaker of the House
| WASHINGTON (Nov. 17) - -
U.S. House Republicans have elected pro-life Congressman Bob Livingston (La.) to succeed
pro-life Congressman Newt Gingrich (Ga.) as Speaker of the House. Gingrich will retire
from Congress in January.
Newly elected Sen. Jim Bunning
(R-Ky.) won 50%-49%
Representative elect Mark Green (R-Wi.) defeated
By Carol Long Tobias, NRL PAC Director
The November 3 elections were a mixed blessing for the
pro-life movement. We held our own in the U.S. Senate but lost a handful of votes in the
House. Not widely known is that because you worked so hard (see story, back cover), the
movement also picked up a gubernatorial seat.
Illinois Senator elect
Peter Fitzgerald (R) celebrates with his wife, Nina. Fitzgerald defeated pro-abortion Sen.
Carol Moseley-Braun (D).
By David N. O'Steen, Ph.D., NRLC
Despite some disappointments in the recent elections,
post-election polling and exit poll data show that pro-life voters and the National Right
to Life PAC made a significant difference in the 1998 elections on behalf of pro-life
candidates. As in previous elections, the majority of those persons who voted on the basis
of the abortion issue voted for pro-life candidates. Contrary to what is usually reported
in the media, the abortion issue helped, rather than harmed, pro-life Republican
candidates. In both Houses of Congress voters re-elected Republican majorities and
pro-life majorities on most current pro-life issues before Congress.
Preference Poll Show Bush Versus Gore
From the President
Wanda Franz, Ph.D.
(Other reports in this issue of NRL News [pp. 1 &10] give you a rundown on
the election results. My comments here won't deal with the specifics covered in these
As in previous elections, voters who considered abortion an overriding issue favored
pro-life candidates on November 3. This "pro-life advantage" again made the
difference in close races. But here is an important point to consider.
While the polls (at least those looking at the specifics of the issue) continue to show
that a majority of Americans rejects abortion on demand-that same majority is not yet
translating this position into consistent votes for pro-life candidates. That is why the
"pro-life advantage" is most clearly visible in close races, where the
candidates-except for the position on abortion-are evenly matched.
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